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When is the best time to visit Europe?

Europe makes a good year-round destination. Overall, late March to early June, and September to November are the best times to visit, as you’ll avoid the busier summer period and see your money go further.

Northern Europe is generally warm and dry between May and September, while farther south, temperatures can reach 36 C (96 F) between July and August. Vibrant Easter celebrations across southern Europe make for a particularly interesting time to visit, while a September or October trip will coincide with the grape harvest. Winter in northern Europe is cool and wet, while the south is mild, making it a good time to explore the cities.

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Italy climate guide ›

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A good time to travel, but there may be some factors to be aware of

Portugal climate guide ›

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A good time to travel, but there may be some factors to be aware of

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A good time to travel, but there may be some factors to be aware of

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A good time to travel, but there may be some factors to be aware of

Spain climate guide ›

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A good time to travel, but there may be some factors to be aware of

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A good time to travel, but there may be some factors to be aware of

Iceland climate guide ›

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The best time to travel

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A good time to travel, but there may be some factors to be aware of

A good time to travel, but there may be some factors to be aware of

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The best time to travel

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Russia climate guide ›

A good time to travel, but there may be some factors to be aware of

A good time to travel, but there may be some factors to be aware of

A good time to travel, but there may be some factors to be aware of

A good time to travel, but there may be some factors to be aware of

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A good time to travel, but there may be some factors to be aware of

A good time to travel, but there may be some factors to be aware of

Turkey climate guide ›

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Travel is possible, but this is not the best time of year

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A good time to travel, but there may be some factors to be aware of

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The best time to travel

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A good time to travel, but there may be some factors to be aware of

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Month-by-month guide to travelling in Europe

Sagrada Familia, Barcelona

Visiting Europe in January

The mild Mediterranean winter is a good time to visit the cities of southern Europe. You’re rewarded with quieter streets and museums, better value for money and availability, and less waiting in line to enter popular attractions.

Although temperatures are cooler, and some regional attractions may have limited opening hours, the sense of seeing a city at a more relaxed time more than compensates. In Iceland, daytime sightseeing needs to be planned carefully to coincide with the limited hours of sunlight.

Events & Festivals

  • In Iceland, chances of seeing the northern lights are best between November and February, when the sun sets before 6pm and the nights are longest.
  • The Icelandic Þorrablót winter festival is celebrated from mid-January to mid-February. Þorrablót is an old pagan festival originally celebrated by Iceland’s early settlers over 1,000 years ago. Revived in the 1800s, it brings local people together to eat, drink, dance and sing traditional songs.

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